A woman’s hilarious reaction to a friend’s dog unexpectedly giving birth is driving the internet crazy.
TikToker Kelly Love (@loveandchaos.co) was babysitting her friend’s Great Dane when the mom-to-be went into labor much earlier than planned. Users’ hearts were won over by footage of Kelly Love, unprepared for this scenario, trying to support her dog’s mom.
Since being shared on the platform on October 10, the clip has received over 120,000 likes and 1.5 million views.
How should I prepare for my dog’s birth?
Dr. Louis DelGiudice – Director of National Emergency Practice at AmeriVet Partners Management Inc. – said there’s a lot owners can do to prepare for their dog’s birth.
First, she recommends owners visit their primary care veterinarian for a prenatal exam, including x-rays and an ultrasound.
“These diagnostic tools will evaluate the number of fetuses expected and provide an assessment of the size of the fetus,” he said Newsweek.
“[These tests can also] to help determine if there is a possibility of dystocia (difficult birth).
Additionally, owners should also prepare a space for their pet to give birth, with DelGiudice recommending “a quiet place in the house with a birthing room.”
A birthing box, also known as a “nesting box”, creates a small safe zone for the dog to give birth and can be purchased online or made at home. The box needs to be warm, so fill it with comfortable bedding and avoid materials (such as straw) that can irritate the dog’s eyes. Puppies spend most of their first month in this crate, with the raised sides keeping the little guys safe.
DelGiudice also advised owners to talk to their vet about nutrition for the mother to make sure she is getting a healthy, high-calorie diet during both pregnancy and nursing.
How do you know when your dog is ready to give birth? DelGiudice said the early stages of labor can last six to 36 hours.
“The signs you may notice are nesting, restlessness, panting and disinterest in food,” he said.
What if you find yourself in a situation like Kelly, when your dog unexpectedly gives birth? DelGiudice advised owners to “leave them alone.”
“Most of the time, it’s best to leave the dog alone and allow the dog to give birth undisturbed, but learn about some of the signs that indicate dystocia or labor difficulties requiring intervention,” he said.
“Black, bloody, or green discharge from the vulva before birth can be a sign of dystocia. During labor, 20 to 30 minutes of strong contractions without a puppy being born is a sign of concern.”
He said that generally puppies are born every 30 to 60 minutes, but up to two hours can be normal. If your dog is still struggling after three hours, this is cause for concern, so contact an emergency vet for help.
“If you notice a puppy stuck in a drain and not coming out, you should also see your pet,” he said.
“Make sure that a placenta has been delivered with each puppy. If the puppy was not delivered with a placenta, it will usually be delivered about 5 to 10 minutes after that.”
Once the birth is complete, allow the mother to clean her babies and check that they are feeding their litter every two to three hours during nursing.
‘Oh my God’
Kelly Love explained in her video that her boyfriend’s Great Dane stayed with her after her boyfriend’s house was flooded during Hurricane Ian. The mom dog wasn’t due until the weekend, but the puppies decided to arrive a few days early — while Kelly was in the middle of a client meeting at her home studio.
“Oh my god,” Kelly Love exclaimed when she found out the dog had given birth to her first puppy. “Lick the puppy, yes! Good girl.”
Kelly Love narrated the footage in captions: “[This is] the most beautiful thing because I’m clueless when it comes to birth dogs.”
Love explained the situation to her clients and rescheduled the meeting. Her roommate went to get her boyfriend, while Love stayed to watch over the dog’s mom, stroking her back to comfort her.
However, her strong stomach was tested when the dog ate the placenta.
“Holy f***** s***,” she said in the clip as she turned away and tried not to puke. She then gleefully looked directly into the camera for support.
As the mother dog began to clean her puppies, Kelly began to disappear.
“Here mommy was cleaning her baby and the umbilical cord and bag was crunching in her mouth,” she wrote in her game.
“It’s all downhill from here,” she said as viewers watched her vomit into a nearby sink. Then she paced the room, trying not to throw up again.
“I’ve given up trying to hold it together at this point,” she wrote.
In another clip added a few hours later, Love updated users on the puppies’ progress. Mom and all three babies are fine, one Harlequin puppy (black and white spotted), one black and one blue.
TikTok users applauded Love’s efforts, even though she ended up throwing up.
“You did so well,” Christi Butler said in the comments. “I don’t think you should be a delivery nurse with that gag on, but you killed it anyway!”
“The emotional roller coaster you just went through,” Gabriel Martinez joked.
“Sorry I laughed harder when you were grafting,” wrote @havinfun.
While MandiRie commented, “It was my dog and I was ready and still did EXACTLY what you did LMAO. You did AWESOME.”
Newsweek asked @loveandchaos.co for comment.
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